Paper Layering – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Paper Layering!” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Haley Dyer then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Adding paper layers can help create depth & interest in your cards & scrapbook projects. This is something that I do in a lot of my papercrafting projects as it is a simple technique to incorporate.

This project , that I am calling Pawsome Layers, I layered the banners so that you could see parts of the papers under them. I also overlapped the main image over the square dog bone pattern paper.

The next layered card “Merry Layers” I layered the stitched square over cardstock & ontop of the two pieces of pattern paper banners.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Miss. Carrie’s Creations to get more Back to the Basics ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz

Close To My Heart Holly Jolly Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Holly Jolly Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Holly Jolly Is such a bright fun collection & it is perfect for a traditional Christmas with a few modern colours additions of Smoothie & Glacier.

I decided to have another play with the Cricut® Complete Creativity Digital Collection as there are a couple of pre-designed Christmas.

With this one I even created a second page in a 8½” × 11″ format using the same elements by slicing & resizing things. I loved how it turned out.

I used the Holly Jolly papers to cut the the photo mats and the tag. Plus I used the words that are in one of the zip strips & stapled at the top. I also used a tag sticker & some of the flower stickers near the poinsettia flower.

Holly Jolly papers to cut the the photo mats and the tag & again used the words on the zip strip words stapled near the bottom. I used the holly stickers on top of the O in Joy.

I also wanted to make a card so thought I used the snowflake paper that is part of the Holly Jolly Paper Pack.

I thought it was cut having the woodland creatures gathering around a Christmas Tree (cut from the Cricut® Complete Creativity Digital Collection) in the snow.

And finally I wanted to make something that was not Christmas Theme, so decided to use some of the presents in the sticker sheet and fussy cut some presents out of the paper & paired it with a Birthday Saying Stamps.

I also used some of the green gingham with some silver shimmer trim to finish off the card.

I had lots of fun creating with Holly Jolly and I would love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Danielle Edwards – Scrappy Chicks

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

It’s a Close To My Heart Spooktacultar Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Spooktacular Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Celebrate Halloween in style with exclusive papers and stamps that are truly Spooktacular!.

In this project I used the Halloween Layouts in the new Cricut® Complete Creativity Digital Collection & changed it up to be a single page layout & to incorporate the Spooktacular papers, sticker sheet & even the Frightful Friends stamp set to create my own scrapbook layout.

I used design space to ungroup & hide contours to create my layout from the sample layout using elements from the right side to incorporate into the left side to get the sizing & see visually how my layout will look.

And then cut it out with the Spooktacular papers and started to decorate with the Spooktacular stickers and the Vampire cat from the Frightful Friends stamp set.

My next project I thought I create a birthday card to showcase that the Spooktacular papers & stamp set could be used for other projects besides Halloween

Pirate Happy Birthday Card with Close To My Heart Spooktacular

I used the patterns that were not too Halloween Themed & as this cute Pirate Bunny to create this card.

I hope you like my idea using Spooktacular and if you would like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Dannii – Scrappychicks

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on Spooktacular Special

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Back to the Basics – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we the theme is to “Back to the Basics!” with Close To My Heart products.

Back to basic with Close To My Heart #CTMH https://maz.closetomyheart.com.au If you have arrived here from Cat Nowak then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

For me when I am in a bit of a crafting rut or lost my crafting mojo, I go back to the basics to get a creative kick start, one way I do this is by heading to a tried & true card pattern.

Today I used one from the Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 4 (Pattern 4) which you can also find another idea on this pattern in the Love of Color Idea Book. I have rotated the pattern to the side on two of these cards & used lots of different paper suites & stamp sets that are all current right now.

First card I created is that cute Halloween Card which has no stamping involved. I used the Spooktacular sticker sheet along with the paer to create this & drew in the spiders hanging web parts – I think this card is super cute.

Spooktacular Halloween Card using Close To My Heart Spooktacular Paper & Stickers

For the next card I rotated the design & used the new Cedar & Pine paper & mix it up with the Sep-Nov Mix-in papers to create this Birthday Card

Blow Out the Candles Birthday card using Close to my Heart Cedar & Pine & CTMH Sep-Oct Mix-in’s

I then went back to the original rotation of the design & made this super quick shaker card with the Holly Jolly Papers & Sticker sheet. I was happy to see that the snow globe was the perfect size to use with the Shaker card pieces.

Holly Jolly Christmas Snow Globe Card

And the final card I rotated the design again to make this sweet thanks card using Every Little Thing, a scrap of Hawthorn paper & this sweet dawn from the Woodlands Greetings.

Woodlands Creature Thanks Card using Close To My Heart Every Little Thing Paper & CTMH Hawthorn Paper

And so you get an idea how this back to basic idea of how using a card pattern can be helpful & still allow your cards to look different depending on papers, stamps & embellishments, I put them all together in one image.

Close To My Heart Make it from the Heart Vol 4, pattern 4 using CTMH products

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check it out.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Lauren Moore to get more Back to the Basics ideas.

If you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant & an Aussie, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

Till Next time
See you soon
Maz

Close To My – Hawthorn Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog Hop

A Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Hawthorn Paper Suite, Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from  Creating with Kylie then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Featured collection Hawthorn Paper Suite.

Hawthorn Paper Packet

This featured paper collection has warm, earthy tones and vintage designs combine in rich harmony, perfect for Autumn, but I went a totally different direction with this paper suite.

Today we are lucky to also have the Nov – Dec Catalogue start which have a few Christmas products so I thought I would turn this paper collection into a Christmas card using a stamp set out of the Holly Jolly Cardmaking Workshop Kit 

 

Hawthorn Christmas Card

Hawthorn Christmas Card maz.closetomyheart.com.au #ctmh #ctmhhawthorn

I cut the tartan like design paper at an angle & added some Evergreen & Sangria Cardstock  so that you see a sliver of each colour under it. I also added Sangria Ribbon. 

For the elf I coloured in with pattern paper, this techniques is also known as Paper Piecing & involves stamping on pattern paper & fussy cutting out & adhering into the place. I also colour some areas with alcohol markers. I love using pattern paper for colouring in as it creates an instant pattern on the stamped image which is much harder to recreate by colouring in with markers & allows you to quickly coordinate an image with the pattern paper you are using. It can also make the paper look very different the tartan design was also used in one of the presents – but it looks very different to the paper in the background of the card.

I decorated with some left over gold pearls, but you could use sequins or glitter gems in the place if you do not have any. And to make everything pop, I used 3D foam tape on the elf & on the matting behind the elf.

I hope you like my idea of combing the Hawthorn paper with something a little different. I you like to get any of the products that I have used in this project, please contact your Close To My Heart Consultant or if you do not have a consultant, I would love for you to place an order with me on my website

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Nell Ward

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on Hawthorn Paper Suite.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout with Close To My Heart Products

Hello to all my crafty friends

I finally got to have a good play with the some products that been sitting there untouched & unloved since I ordered them from the Close To My Heart Catalogue September–October 2019 and it was super fun & slightly messy to create.

I started by priming my white daisy cardstock with some white guesso (you could use clear on the white) this was to ensure that the watercolour paints did not sink in & destroy the paper & allow a bit of blending to happen.

Once the guesso was dry I used the packaging technique – where you add watercolour to plastic packaging to smoosh onto the paper. I dried it with a heat gun which also moved some of the paints. I filled in some areas with some of the blue Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads with some water to blend into it.

To this background I also added some Gold Shimmer Brush splattered into the wet background before drying again with a heat gun. I need to get a new one of these as the brush was just about dead when I went to use it so you do not see much in the photo but there is a bit of a shimmer.

I the used the Sun Overlay (#M3F370) from the Cricut® Artbooking Digital Collection to cut my rays from the Saffron patter in the Hawthorn Paper Packet and the Lemonade & Nectarine patterns from the Spooktacular Paper Packet and some Lemonade cardstock. Using the stencil as a guide I stacked my rays so each paper could be seen & glued it in place with the Dual-tip Multi-bond Glue Pen.

Sun Overlay CTMH Artbooking

I then got my piercing tool out to make holes between the rays & stamped a line of Saffron Exclusive Inks™ using the Strokes of an Artist stamp set

I then glued some Gold Loose Sequins with Liquid Glass.

I created a photo matt from Sapphire stripped pattern paper from the Every Little Thing Paper Packet & raised that with some 3D foam tape.

I had already cut a large scallop white daisy circle for another product & this was the other half. I added journalling lines with the Build-a-Plaid stamp set and tucked this under the photo matt.

I added a cluster using Every Little Thing Vellum Die-cuts, Every Little Thing Complements and a white Acrylic Heart on the bottom left corner.

At the top left side I created another cluster from stamped using second generation Sapphire ink to create the banners using the Every Little Thing—Scrapbooking stamp set. and some stickers from the sticker sheet, plus a little bit of stitching with Mink Twine.

I loved how it all turned out & how the rays draw your eye to where the photo will be & that I got to use a wide variety of products from different lines & how well they all look together.

Hello Happy Scrapbook Layout using the Sun Overlay #M3F370 Close To My Heart - Artbooking #ctmh
I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check it out.

If you have any questions about the process or the products used, please ask.

See you soon
Maz